Spouting Horn: The hole with a giant lizard trapped in it

OK, so the chances a giant lizard a) exists and b) got trapped in this hole are pretty remote, but it’s a nice story, so shush. If you want to see if for yourself, Spouting Horn can be found on the south coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai (or you could just watch the video below).

It gets its name from the fact that, each time a wave hits the rocks, a gush of water spouts upward from the hole (sometimes as high as 50 feet in the air!). As the water shoots through the hole, it creates a loud hissing noise. You might be fooled into thinking this is all down to simple science (the water rushes into the hole as the waves come in and is propelled out the other end into the air, making the noise) but you’re wrong – it’s actually a dead lizard.

Well, according to the local folklore, anyway. Apparently, the coast of Kauai was once guarded by a giant lizard (known as a moo) called Kaikapu. Everyone was pretty scared of the lizard (seems like a logical fear to me) because it would eat anyone who swam nearby. One day, a young man called Liko decided he was having none of that.

He challenged the lizard to a fight, and stuck a large stick in his mouth. This obviously angered the lizard (I’d be livid), who chased Liko as he swam under the lava shelf and up through the hole. Kaikapu was too big to fit through the other end and managed to get himself trapped. The legend says that the poor, evil, people-eating lizard is still there today and that the hissing is actually him roaring in pain. #FreeKaikapu

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About Dom Stapleton

Dom Stapleton

As well as being the world’s northernmost capital city, Reykjavik in Iceland is also an incredible place to visit.

We stayed in a hotel right in the middle of the city and spent most days walking around from there. The main thing we noticed (apart from the cold, of course) was that the people are so friendly. At home, trying to cross the road is a nightmare, but in Reykjavik, the cars are literally queuing up to let you across.

When my partner and I went, in January 2013, the sun only started rising at about 10 am, which was a strange experience. And it got dark at about 4 pm each day!

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